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Our Ukraine Calls For Cross-Party Talks

Roman Bezsmertny, a key Our Ukraine figure in talks about the formation of a new government (file photo) (epa) June 13, 2006 -- President Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine bloc has called for talks between all parliamentary parties after blocs formerly allied in the Orange Revolution failed to achieve a breakthrough in talks to form a governing coalition.

In a statement today, Our Ukraine said all political blocs that won seats in parliament elections in March should take "responsibility for the work of the legislative and executive branches."

Talks between Our Ukraine, the bloc of former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, and the Socialist Party broke off on June 10 amid disagreements over the distribution of key posts.

Earlier on June 13, a senior Our Ukraine official, Roman Zvarych, said that "a coalition must be formed in any case" and that the party is free to look for other partners.

The pro-Russian Party of the Regions won the largest number of votes in the election.

(Interfax-Ukraine, UNIAN, "Ukrayinska pravda")

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